Extended conversation with Plattsburgh Police Chief Desmond Racicot
Plattsburgh’s long-time police chief announced recently that he will retire in January. Desmond Racicot has been with the department since 1989, serving as chief for the last 14 years. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he hadn’t planned to retire but a new opportunity arose.
Plattsburgh City Councilors received the mayor’s proposed budget in October and must finalize the fiscal plan by mid-January. The six-member board is still considering amendments as they try to lower a tax levy that at one point looked like it could be as high as 22 percent. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the last meeting of 2016 last night.
The Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center has issued its seventh annual Top 10 Environmental Watch List. The list offers short summaries of key legal points surrounding the most important environmental issues of 2016.
While there have been mild temperatures the last couple days, overall it’s been a cold and snowy start to the winter season. Local ski areas are experiencing a much better start to the season than last year, when record low snowfall occurred. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the importance of this holiday week for the region’s ski industry.
More than 200 faith leaders, clergy, and congregants from across Vermont gathered at the Islamic Society of Vermont on Friday to stand in solidarity after the group received a letter expressing intolerance for Islam.
Opponents of a plan to replace two railroad bridges in downtown Middlebury with a tunnel say the old bridges can be replaced faster and for much less money than the project being promoted by the Vermont Transportation Agency.
The International Joint Commission, which monitors boundary waters between the U.S. and Canada, has signed an updated plan regulating water levels and flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Advocates of the plan in New York believe it will reverse decades of man-made damage and benefit the economy of the upstate region.
In January, Vermont will have a new attorney general for the first time in a generation. Incumbent Bill Sorrell announced in September 2015 that he would not seek reelection this year after serving in the post since 1997. The longest-serving attorney general in the state’s history says that after nearly 20 years in the office it was time to let someone new take the post.
Earlier this week, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted criticism over the F-35 fighter jet program. It caused Lockheed Martin stock to fall 2.5 percent. It also raised some eyebrows in the Northeast. The Vermont Air National Guard is scheduled to begin receiving the fighter jet in 2019. Supporters of the F-35 say they aren’t worried those plans will change because the tweet raises two very different issues.
Congressman Peter Welch was joined by a group of Vermont environmentalists Tuesday to highlight what they see as a need for revisions in the Renewable Fuel Standard, a national policy that requires corn ethanol be mixed into fuels.
Congress has approved the Promoting Travel, Commerce and National Security Act of 2016, sending it to the president’s desk. The measure creates a preclearance procedure for Amtrak passengers traveling across the Canadian border and shared clearance functions especially at small rural crossings.
Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch want the CEOs of FairPoint Communications and the Illinois company that plans to buy it to reverse the planned layoffs of at least 110 workers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
The Vermont attorney general joined the Federal Trade Commission chairwoman this afternoon to announce a settlement with the operators of Toronto-based dating site AshleyMadison.com after the company deceived consumers and failed to protect account information before a July 2015 data breach.
It’s a year of change in Vermont politics, with the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general all stepping aside. And a mainstay in the legislature is leaving, too. Bill Doyle began serving in the Vermont Senate in 1969 and is the longest-serving senator in the state’s history. But the 90-year-old Republican lost his re-election bid this year. On November 30th, he withdrew his request for a recount and conceded the race. Doyle says activity in the statehouse become more political over the years.
The New York Farm Bureau has a new leader. During the organization’s annual meeting last week, delegates from across the state elected St. Lawrence County dairy farmer David Fisher president of the farmer-member lobbying and trade group. Fisher says he accepted the leadership role because he wants to help agriculture across the entire state.
New Hampshire's four Democratic electors have signed a letter asking for members of the Electoral College to receive an intelligence briefing explaining whether the government is investigating links between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia.
It was a concept that started in Springfield, Ohio in 2005 when 12 World War II veterans were taken to Washington, D.C. There is now a coordinated nationwide network that flies World War II, Korea and Vietnam from across the country to Washington. There they visit monuments to those conflicts, remember their service and comrades who did not survive. In this first part of our weeklong series on World War II veterans, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the North Country Honor Flight and the veterans it honors.